Joe Colombo 4801 Armchair

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Originally designed by Joe Colombo in 1965, the 4801 Armchair was the only piece made entirely of wood that Kartell ever produced. A symbol of 1960s design, the original armchair had a limited production, and is a much sought-after historical piece. Reissued in 2011 in Kartell’s signature plastic, this 4801 Armchair captures the elegant, sinuous lines of the original design. Available in three distinctive colors—white, black, and transparent—the 4801 Armchair is an undeniable statement-maker that is at once sculpture and functional furniture. This bold armchair allows you to bring a piece of history into your home, and can be used in living rooms, dens, and home offices. A nod to the original production of the 4801 Armchair, each chair in the reissue series is numbered.

Photo: Christopher Testani

Written by Dwell and Marianne Colahan / Dwell